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Calexico Live at China Theater on 2003-04-25

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Calexico Live at China Theater on 2003-04-25

Publication date 2003-04-25 (check for other copies)
Topics Live concert
Collection Calexico
Band/Artist Calexico
Disk 1

1: Pepita
2: Across the Wire
3: Quattro
4: Frontera/Trigger
5: Dub Latina
6: Sunken Waltz
7: El Picador
8: Not Even Stevie Nicks
9: Fade
10: Fatal Spring >
11: Close Behind
12: Woven Birds
13: Minas de Cobre
14: Spokes
15: Stray
16: Corona
17: Guero Canelo

Disk 2

1: Black Heart
2: Falling Rain*
3: Alone Again Or*
4: Cancion Del Mariachi
5: Crystal Frontier
6: Attack El Robot! Attack!
2 - Across the Wire
[MusicBrainz (recording)]


Disk 2 guests:
Nicolai Dunger v* : Thomas Tjärnkvist g*

FLAC and 1st seeding on 7-14-04 by Jim Blackwood

Thanks to P3 Live for another GREAT recording!!
Thanks to Calexico for letting this out of the archives and for allowing this to be seeded into the community!

Please visit our website for tour dates and official releases at

Adios until next time,

Jim (


Reviewer: normsk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2014
Subject: Amazing
This is just one excellent and distinctive band that put together a fab live show. wish they come over to the UK again sometime...soon, maybe, please?
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2012
Subject: Very interesting.
Sounds like psychedelic 'Chente.
Reviewer: NewyorkNewyork - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2007
Subject: WOW!
This is a great show! I highly recommend it to anyone who's a fan and anyone who is not!
Reviewer: BuffaloGumby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2007
Subject: An Out of Body Experience
I got turned on to this recording by a friend who eats, sleeps and breathes the shows here on the archive. He has been coaxing me to check it out for several months now -- and after using it to fuel an all nighter, I can see why! Incredible stuff, and an awesome chronicle of a band I will be seeking out more in the future! Cheers!
Reviewer: noahj - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2006
Subject: Great recording
This is just about my favorite in the whole archive. Great show, terrific sound, by one of the best bands on earth.
Reviewer: Ludo l'écolo (The Green Ludo) - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2006
Subject: Super sound
Calexico live is always a pleasure. But with this quality of sound, it's nearly an ear orgasm !
Reviewer: El_Rayo-X - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 17, 2006
Subject: Merely...

And a hat-tip to D. Boon to boot.

Thank you Calexico, P3 Live, and Jim.

The world could use more of this...
Reviewer: Alex from Clermont-Ferrand - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2006
Subject: how to download this whole show?
I can't download the whole show...The link "lossless" seems to be broken!

I'm a french fan of mariachi, rock'n roll and Calexico of course and I'd like to download several whole Calexico shows on this site.

I use Firefox.

Thanks for your help.
Reviewer: jamart - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2006
Subject: a perfect score
With 20 five star reviews what do I need to say about this show/recording. Love this band, love this show, love this site. Calexico is one of my favorite new finds on the archive.

Thanks archive
Reviewer: zlizlaja - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2006
Subject: GÃÂÃÂÃÂüero Canelo
Tek kad sam ovde chuo kako zvuchi GÃÂÃÂÃÂüero Canelo shvatio sam kaok je to dobra pesma,genijalno !!!
Reviewer: Lynch - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2006
Subject: Simply Fantastic
While I am from Tucson, having spent some 25 years of my life there, and had heard of Calexico and how great they were countless times since around 1998ish or so, this show on the archive, believe it or not, was my first taste of this incredible band. Without being redundant in terms of all the other fantastic reviews this show has received, I highly recommend this one, folks. My favorite is the Fatal Spring > Close Behind. I think I have listened to that combo on repeat on and off consistently for the past week and a half. Download this one. Now.
Reviewer: DanInTanzania - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 1, 2006
Subject: Can't get any better than this
This show is an absolute MUST HAVE for users of this amazing site. My family (consisting of 1 dead-head, one hip-hop fan, and one who likes commercial pop music) all love this recording and haven't listened to anything else for about a week now. If you liked the sound track for the film Desperado, this has great cross over appeal, good beats, and fantastic sound quality--try it out or forever hold your peace.
Reviewer: derkraken - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 11, 2005
Subject: Excellent
Thought I would check them out after vaguely recalling Crystal Frontier from Jon Peel show on BBC some years back. Cannot praise the show and the crystal clear recording enough. Even perseverd through this tedious registration procedure to say so. For me track 10 was a highlight but I can't fast forward through any of it. Definitely 5 stars.
Reviewer: zsazs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 23, 2005
Subject: Fantastic performance
Thanks to the recordings here on the Archive and Calexico's offical live DVD, I've come to appreciate Calexico's live shows much more than their studio albums. This show is by far my favorite. The performances of everyone and especially Joey's vocals eclipse that of other live Calexico recordings I've heard, including the DVD. The audio quality is top notch. Thanks to the band and Jim Blackwood for making this performance available.
Reviewer: natto - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2005
Subject: What else to say?
Just excellent. I figure the more 5 star ratings, the more likely people will be to listen to this show. And they should. !Viva Calexico!
Reviewer: Captain Video - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2005
Subject: Great Show!!
Do not hesitate to download this show, it is amazing....would love to see more Calexico here from the archives....thanks very much for making this available....Kev
Reviewer: Exit Flagger - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 21, 2005
Subject: An Outstanding Performance and Top Notch Recording
Before I heard this performance I was a peripheral fan of Calexico. I kinda liked their album "The Blacklight", but thought their most recent album "Feast of Wire" was a bit lifeless. The reccomendations for this show were glowing, so I thought I'd give it a try. WOAH! This is great stuff! A truly spirited performance. The vocals are SO much stronger than the album and the playing has such a fiery spark. I am not exaggerating when I say I have listened to this performance at least 50 times in the last 6 months. I cant get enough of it. The quality of the recording is astounding. It is rich with subtlety and detail. Worthy of official live album release.
What more can I say? Even if you only like this band a little bit, DOWNLOAD IT!!!
Reviewer: getlisted - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 6, 2005
Subject: Will be Considered a Classic
The whole run of April 2003 shows in Europe by Calexico are great. This one, in particular, has a clean balance courtesy of Blackwood, and the musicians (the real stars) hit nary a wrong note. Joey in particular has good lungs on this one.

Highlights are "Across the Wire," "Close Behind," and "Guero Canelo".

Download and enjoy.
Reviewer: ianridd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2005
Subject: This is an AWESOME SHOW!
I have seen them play live several times. Their studio albums are fantastic, mind-expanding, genre-bending experiences (oh yeah, and his lyrics are among the best). But LIVE they take on a whole new dimension. Jazz... mariachi... pop... Spaghetti Western soundtrack... folk... country... all swirled together. This show displays that perfectly. And the sound quality is excellent.

This concert is such a treat. I am so delighted to own a LIVE calexico show. Thanks to the taper. Thanks to the archive!
Reviewer: samson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2005
Subject: Calexico!!!
This show has been finding its way into my CD player for months. I can't get enough of it! Great sound from a great band! Recording is perfect as well! Wish there was more on the archive! Thanks Jim for the work you did on this one- its much appreciated!
Reviewer: kingstiedye - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 3, 2005
Subject: Fantastic!
i stumbled across this. the sound is great and the band is awesome. i hope some more shows get posted. thanks.
Reviewer: moreorlesh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 25, 2004
Subject: wow
What a great show... ONly heard 1 song from Calexico on wxpn Philly ... after listening to this show i was completely blown away... I'm moving from Philly to Santa Fe in 2 days.. This CD will be a priority on that drive... Can't wait to see this band live...
Reviewer: jedimastermojave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 4, 2004
Subject: great show
If you're not familiar with Calexico, this is a great place to start. It's like south-west (with an emphasis on the mariachi) post-modern, psychedelic folk-rock.

This show has an excellent performance, song selection and sound quality. Knowing how rare live Calexico shows are, it makes this even more precious
Reviewer: Willy van Broock - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2004
Subject: A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Jim Blackwood!!!! Thank you for this incredible recording.
I've looking for so long live perfomances of Calexico and this one is definitly one of the bests. The quality is excellent too.
Do not hesitate, DOWNLOAD DE FILE.
Gracias, gracias Jim, este recital es increible!!!
Reviewer: kpita - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2004
Subject: Wow!
Being from Arizona, this one holds a special place for me. Memories of home while living away. This is a terrific recording. As previously stated, the setlist is great, featuring a wide range from their releases. The sound is top-notch as well. Crystal clear but with the added "ambience' of an AUD recording. I can't recommend this show enough! If you've never heard Calexico before, this is a great place to start.
Reviewer: Mark1972 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 24, 2004
Subject: Excellent Show
Everything from the setlist to the sound quality makes this a brilliant show. More please!
Reviewer: mtnrdr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 17, 2004
Enough Said!
Reviewer: rioblanco - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 4, 2004
Subject: Calexico Is Numero Uno!!
This is one of the best bands to come around in a long, long time. check out this excellent show. then check out their new e.p., "convict pool". also don't miss their cover of alejandro escovedo's "wave" on the 2-cd set, "por vida, the songs of alejandro escovedo". the set also includes lucinda williams, steve earle, ian hunter, los lonely boys and many, many others. a wonderful tribute to a wonderfully special amigo.
Reviewer: Josephsdad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 7, 2004
Subject: Excellent
Professional-sounding quality recording, top-notch music. The prior reviewer was right: if you haven't heard their music before, this recording will make you a fan.
More, please, Mr. Blackwood?
Reviewer: Patrik Nilsson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2004
Subject: Perfect!
I was lucky enough to attend this show, and I have previously enjoyed a shorter version of this recording that was broadcast by P3 Live in Sweden.
This full version is even better in every aspect though.
Thank you P3, Jim and Calexico for making this available. It's perfect!

Reviewer: block dog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2004
Subject: Excellent !!!
This is what a "matrix" recording should sound like. For my taste most matrix recordings wind up with a little too much audience and not enough SBD.
The performance on this show is top notch showing Calexico at the top of their game.
The quality of this show would be comparable to an official release. (IMHO)
If you are a fan you will love this recording and if you are not, you will be. Check it out.
Calexico is one of the most genuine and creative acts to creep onto my radar screen in a long time.
Thanks to P3 Live for providing the source and thanks to Jim & the band for setting this show free.

Reviewer: giantarchivist - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2004
Subject: One of the best shows from the last few years!
Glad to be able to serve this one up for (etree).. One of the best Calexico shows in our archives. It was partially broadcast originally, but this is the first complete - prefm version to circulate (plus properly mastered). Enjoy this with the bands blessing!

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